Glenealy School Newsletter

21st November 2018

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Message from Brenda

Dear Parents, Caregivers and Students,

Glenealy School Fair - Friday 23rd November 5:00 pm

We look forward to seeing you all at the school Fair which is only 2 days away! As a reminder, children will need to leave the campus at 3:00 pm that day to ensure an effective set up of the school grounds in preparation for the 5:00 pm opening. If your child has an after school activity - they must be closely supervised at this time.It's going to be a fun evening! Thanks to everyone who is donating time, food, cooking skills and working collaboratively with the PTA team to make this a fantastic community event.

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Easy Access to School Communication

Keep up to date by using our Glenealy School App. This is a great way to have all the key information like Newsletters, dates, calendars and contacts at your fingertips. It's a simple and easy App to use.

To download, please find the information here:

Glenealy School App on Android Play Store

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Keeping Fit and Supporting UNICEF at the same time

Look out for the UNICEF table at the School Fair on Friday. This is an exciting new initiative that all of our students can be involved in.

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Kind regards


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Dates for your Diary

Friday 23rd November

PTA School Fair 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Monday 26th November

Year 1 and Year 6 Immunisations

Friday 30th November

Sports Day

School Council Meeting

Tuesday 4 December 12:45 pm - 2:00 pm

Thursday 6th December

Honk the Musical 1st performance 7:00 pm

Saturday 8th December

Honk the Musical 2nd performance 6:00 pm

Tuesday 11th December

Junior Choir Christmas Performance for Parents 8:30 am -9:00 am

Thursday 13th December

Christmas Carol Concert - afternoon- Family members welcome

Friday 14th December

End of Term 1- school closes at 12:00 noon

Monday 7th January 2019

School resumes for the start of Term 2

Saturday 26th January 2019

ESF Fun Run - Hong Kong Science Park

Thursday 31st January 2019

Chinese New Year Lion Dance

Monday 4th - Friday 8th February 2019

School closes for Chinese New Year Mid-Term break

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Glenealy Money and Tote Bags Sales

Pre-sales of Glenealy Money and Tote Bags have started this week in the playground from

8:15 am – 8:45 am

2:45 pm – 3:15 pm and will continue until Friday afternoon.

Glenealy Money and bags will also be available at the Fair

As a reminder all food, drinks, games and PTA stalls need to be purchased using Glenealy money.

During this time, we will also be collecting:

- Second-hand books

- Gently used or unused toys, games and puzzles

- Spin and Win Jars

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Spin & Win Jars: Click here for more ideas.
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Silent Auction: It’s almost time to bid!

There are some exciting prizes to bid for, including the old favourites and some new additions!

Over the next year we will be focusing on enhancing our rooftop playground areas into innovative and exciting outdoor classrooms and learning spaces. Funds raised will be used for this purpose.

View the catalogue here for details of the prizes and bidding.

Look out for the Craft stall in the covered playground!

Children can create money boxes stamped with unicorns, Jedi and many other exciting designs to bring home.

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School Fair - Choir Performances

All the students have been working really hard on their year group singing for the school fair.

Please note the performances times are:

Year 1: 5:30 pm

Year 2: 5:40 pm

Year 3: 5:50 pm

Year 4: 6 pm

Year 5: 6:15 pm

Year 6: 6:30 pm

Senior Choir: 7 pm

Orchestra: 7:15 pm

Students should meet in front of the stage at least 5 minutes before their allotted performance time and may wear their own choice of clothing - no need to be in school uniform.

We look forward to a great evening!

Mr. Benzie

Helper Appreciation Day

As part of Year 1's current unit, ‘Who We Are’, the children inquired into different personal characteristics and strengths. To demonstrate the traits of kindness, love and gratitude, the children invited their helpers for a morning of fun at Glenealy School! The children made biscuits and cards for their caregivers, sang some songs about kindness, read stories and explored "Investigation Time" activities together. There was laughter, happiness and a LOT of appreciation!
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YouTube Vs. Glenealy Globe

At Glenealy School, YouTube is blocked on the devices used by children.

The most important reason for this is safety. YouTube and the YouTube Kids app rely on users reporting inappropriate content which is then viewed by human moderators. The result of this is that it is possible for your child to view inappropriate material. The YouTube kids app has recently added some new features including playlist which seem to make the app safe for younger children. This article could help you at home if you choose to use the app.

Secondly, we want the children to learn to be discerning researchers online and learn from quality sources. Although there is high quality content on YouTube, which teachers will share with students when appropriate, the subscriptions on the Glenealy Globe will help them find more accurate content.

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Glenealy School Sports Day 2018

As you will have noticed in the Dates for your Diary section of the Newsletter, Friday 30th November is our annual Sports Day. This event gives our students the opportunity to display their athletic abilities through enjoyable activities, completing challenges cooperatively with friends and competing as individuals with their peers. A strong focus will be placed on how students measure their own success intrinsically, whether that be achieving a specific goal, being a good teammate or reflecting on their performance for setting future targets.

The event will have a festival atmosphere and parents are encouraged to join us. We expect all of the activities to be completed by approximately 1:00 pm, followed by some presentations which normally last until approx 1.30 pm. All children are expected to stay until the end of the event. All parents would have received communication with details last week.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Warm regards,

Andy (PE Teacher)

West Island School Open Day

West Island School is hosting an Open Day on December 6th 2018.

Please see the invitation letter below from Mr Christopher Simmons, Principal.

Click here to register your attendance, all parents are welcome to attend.

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ESF Fun Run

Following last year’s huge success, the ESF Hong Kong Run is returning on 26 January 2019 at the Science Park. Individual races, family runs and community carnival will be open for the community.

More details can be found here

Important Reminder

Has your child's visa status changed?

As a reminder, all children attending an ESF school need the appropriate and valid visa status to do so. Please inform the school if your child's visa status changes. For more information refer to the Immigration section on the ESF website.

Useful School Forms

Student Withdrawal Form - required one month before the last date of attendance

Medical Authorisation Form - required should your child need to take medication whilst at school, on a school trip or camp

ESF/Glenealy Calendar for 2018/19

Please refer closely to this calendar for any important events, (e.g . booking your holidays) for the next academic year.

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Glenealy Globe

Sebastian Hayden (4L) and Shiv Mohan (3K) have both won prizes! Read here for more details.

Extra Curricular Activities Term 1 2018-19

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